Just like an academic educator, music teachers face various issues from students that are very frustrating. A lot of people tend to think that because music students have a musical talent or are developing their musical talents, that they’re more well-behaved than students that aren’t taking music lessons… that couldn’t be any further from the truth.
There’s no telling where that idea or theory came from but musically inclined or not, students are students and they have tendencies that are very frustrating to music teachers. The thing about music teachers is that they’re a little more forgiving and understanding simply because they know that students have their educational schooling first and their music education comes second, so they know that it can be difficult to go from being in school all day to learning another lesson after that.
But in the same token, taking music lessons is something that’s considered extracurricular, meaning that it’s not something that’s required. So the fact that students have behaviors that are completely unnecessary makes you wonder why they want the lessons in the first place. Sometimes it’s the parents’ who want their kids to take the lessons but the actual child has no interest… Then again, sometimes the student wants to take the lessons but the busy schedule of parents makes it hard for the student to get the most of their lessons.
Regardless of the reasons, whether by the child or the parent, music teachers need to set clear expectations for parents from the very beginning and if the student or the parent isn’t able to meet the expectations, the music teacher would then need to consider whether or not those particular students are really benefiting from your lessons and if they should even continue with the lessons.
If you’re a parent interested in getting your child interested in music lessons, do the music teacher a huge favor and have you and your child try to avoid these major annoyances.
Things That Annoy Music Teachers the Most
Being Late to Lessons
Tardiness is an issue that happens in all industries that profit based on scheduled appointments. The things that students and parents fail to realize is that music lessons are offered in certain windows of time, so if your child has a music lesson from 5:30 pm to 7 pm, and you bring your child in at 6:15 pm, that’s not going to give your child the opportunity to get the entire lesson… And the teacher can’t stretch the lesson because they have another person coming in at 7 pm for their lesson.
A student being late for their lesson not only takes away from the student but it’s also a waste of time for the music teacher. Parents, just are more aware of your time because your tardiness affects your child’s time to learn as well as the teacher’s time to teach.
Not Making Time to Practice
Not making time to practice is something that stems from pure laziness and lack of interest because you will make time for what you want to do. The thing about learning music is that it requires a level of discipline that not too many students are ready for… they have to practice outside of their actual music lessons.
That’s the whole point of music lessons. Your child goes to the lesson with their teacher and then practices what they’ve learned on their own time and showcase what they’ve learned at the next session. A lot of times, distractions are the cause of not being able to practice but distractions are also very preventable and can no longer be used as an excuse as to why a student didn’t practice.
As the parent, help your child set up a room or area at home where they can focus and practice and really progress in what they’ve learned. If you had a home-based business, wouldn’t you set up your home office for success? Well, that same theory applies to your child when trying to practice… help them set up an area where they can achieve success during their practices.
The Child is Too Young
It’s true that if you want to get your child interested in music that you need to do it while they’re young but it’s also important to understand that a two-year-old isn’t going to understand music theory or even begin to understand how to read music.
Wait until your child can read and count and then consider letting them enroll in private lessons to explore and grow their musical capabilities.
When It’s Time to Quit
As a parent, you want your child to succeed and excel in everything they find interest in but sometimes the things you want for them just aren’t for them. During your child’s musical journey, they’re going to face times when they want to quit. According to theconversation.com, there are a few things you can try before letting them quit, like finding out why they want to quit and making sure they chose the right instrument.
But there are ways to tell when it’s time to let your child quit as well. Typically, your child will want to quit when they start to feel overwhelmed with school and other extracurricular activities but if their lack of interest is leading to arguments and resentment, then it’s time to let your child find another extracurricular activity outside of music.